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California’s Electric Sector is About to Veer Off Track in Fight Against Climate Change

, Energy analyst

For decades, California has been a world leader in the fight against climate change. But as the years pass by and California’s climate change goals become increasingly ambitious, the pathway to achieve the state’s goals is becoming more challenging. California’s electric sector has, historically, been the shining star of decarbonization, but now that the state needs its electric sector to ratchet down emissions faster than ever before, California’s electric sector is poised to let us all down Read more >

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The Real Reason Behind Coal’s Cycling Woes

, Senior Energy Analyst

Integrating renewables into the current mix of resources sure does get a lot of attention these days. Sadly, the issue has been thrown up as an unnecessary barrier to the development of wind and solar. One of the most pervasive arguments I’ve heard suggests integrating variable resources (like wind and solar) is costly and sometimes physically impossible. But data recently analyzed by UCS adds to the growing body of work that undercuts such arguments. Read more >

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Storage Could Catch Up to Wind and Solar’s Quick Growth

, Senior energy analyst

In recent years, the use of renewable energy has grown so much that three states (Iowa, Kansas, and Oklahoma) have over 30% of their electricity production coming from wind power. Presently, solar is the fastest growing energy type, and annual construction of solar is now beating both gas plants and wind farms in some years.

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Big Week for Offshore Wind (Three Steps Forward, One Sideways)

, Senior energy analyst

Offshore wind has been the subject of a whole lot of news in the last few days, much of it positive. Here’s the lowdown on some top stories.

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Renewables Will Be 80% of New US Electrical Generating Capacity in 2020

, Senior energy analyst

There’s good news in the latest near-term electricity prognostications from the US government: Renewable energy, the projections suggest, will account for 80% of the generating capacity to be installed in the country this year, with both solar and wind looking set to have record years. And that’s all setting us up to pass yet another exciting clean energy milestone, about renewable energy’s contribution to our nation’s electricity supply.

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